Go for Gojis
You've heard of raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries, but have you heard of goji berries? While they aren't a new fruit, they may be new to you. Goji berries have been eaten in Asia for thousands of years and are now making their way to other countries around the world. Also called wolfberries, goji berries are harvested from a shrub native to China and the Himalayas and have a sweet, tangy taste similar to cranberries.
Here's why you should add a few goji berries to your diet, where you can buy them, and the best ways to eat them.
Why Go Goji
While more research is needed, preliminary studies seem to show a number of ways goji berries are good for your health and well-being. Drinking goji berry juice may improve your athletic performance, help you sleep better, give you more energy, improve digestive function, treat fevers, and reduce anxiety.
Many arthritis sufferers have also found them to be helpful, as they’ve seen that regular consumption of goji berries helps reduce the pain, discomfort, and inflammation associated with their condition.
Want healthy eyes? Eat goji berries. They're especially high in zeaxanthin, an antioxidant that promotes eye health and may decrease your risk of age-related macular degeneration (the leading cause of vision loss in the elderly).
Goji berries may also be good for diabetics and those with heart disease since these little berries seem to lower both blood sugar and blood pressure levels. If you're taking medication for one of these conditions, check with your doctor before eating goji berries as they may interact with blood-thinner drugs and drugs used to treat diabetes and high blood pressure.
With so many perks, you may be asking yourself if goji berries can help you live longer. Well, at the moment, the jury is still out on that one. What is known is that they’re super-rich in antioxidants and other nutritious goodness, which contribute to health and wellness and therefore increases your chance for a longer life.
Where to Find Goji Berries
When you’re ready to go goji, you’ll have to know where to find them. If you look for goji berries at the grocery store, they're usually sold in dried form and located with the other dried fruits. They're the size and shape of raisins but are a bright orange-red color.
Goji berries are also easy to grow and taste yummy fresh off the vine. This makes them a great addition to gardens in warm climates. They can grow in planters where the climate is cooler. And even if you decide you don't care for their taste, you can still enjoy a beautiful plant.
How to Eat Goji Berries
What amount of fruit should you eat each day for good health? Depending on activity levels, kids should eat at least one to two cups and adults should eat at least one and a half to two cups of fruit each day. Like other fruit, the goji berry can be eaten fresh, cooked, or dried. They're sometimes made into herbal tea, wine, and juice and you can purchase them in supplement form. Sprinkle some dried berries in your granola, yogurt, or oatmeal or add them to muffins, salads, trail mix, and smoothies. Cook goji berries with your turkey or pork as a sweet, tangy relish or just enjoy them fresh. Whatever you do, enjoy!
Why So Super?
What makes the goji berry a superfood? It's packed with a wide variety of nutrients that provide an especially high amount of dietary benefit and healing potential. When you eat superfoods you can eat less but get more nutrition.